Christian, you have an assigned task from Jesus and it involves at least two things: helping fellow church members make it to heaven and getting the gospel into the next generation.
The goal is for every church to be faithful—in doctrinal purity, in guarding the membership, in active gospel ministry. In this, Spurgeon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle remain a model for pastors and churches today.
Jonathan Leeman answers this important pastoral question.
— To what degree should a man’s past life—perhaps even before his conversion—affect how we consider his qualification for ministry? — Should young children who have been baptized but left out of church membership be given the Lord’s Supper?
What Mark Dever tells his congregation: if I start teaching false things, then because you love me please fire me.
As a part of the new 9Marks Journal—Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body—Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about church discipline.
God’s discipline of his people is an integral part of the Bible’s entire storyline, from Eden to the new creation.
In recent years, the number of churches committed to exercising biblical church discipline seems to be increasing.
I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.
Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?
A loving church will be a disciplining church—and the burden of that discipline rests primarily us “ordinary Christians” who make up the discipleship community.
To this day, I don’t know if I was a backslidden convert or if I was a deceived non-Christian. Either way, church discipline served to expose my hypocrisy.
Church discipline would be easier if the church wasn’t made up of people. But Jesus didn’t come for buildings or institutions or events. He came to save a people for himself, sinners like you and me.
Churches should work hard against the possibility of abusive church discipline, and we should act quickly against it.
Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.